Google Earth reveals layout of secret 'Area 6'
The layout of a mysterious government site can be seen on Google Earth.
In the image, the location, known as Area 6, appears to be composed of a long runway with a cluster of buildings at one end.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the complex is only about 12 miles away from the more famous Area 51 in Nevada.
Photo: Google Maps
It found a brief indication of the site's purpose in a report by website Flightglobal.
The document states, "The purpose of this facility is to construct, operate, and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles."
A government spokesperson has said the facility's controlled airspace and extensive sensor system also allow for what are called "sensor development activities."
Area 6 was initially developed in the 50s as a location for testing nuclear devices underground, but it was reportedly updated in 2005.